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Please provide an update on the old Williams Farm on Joliff Rd & Portsmouth Blvd and when will it be complete.
The property at the intersection of Joliff Rd and Portsmouth Blvd (south side) is called the Grove and it is a PUD (Planned Unit Development) which is a type of building development and regulatory process. As a building development, it is a designed grouping of both varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, recreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision. The City does not have, nor does it require, that a developer provide a schedule; however, a project of this nature can last 5-10 years for the build out. Here is a the Grove phasing sheet, which includes a warehouse, apartments, and a brewery.
The construction of the Retirement Home has stopped at the corner of Pines of Warwick and Cedar Road. It has been months since any activity. What's going on?
When the City issues a permit for a developer to perform work on a site, we do not require the developer to submit a construction plan schedule. Construction delays can be caused by inclement weather or other unavoidable situations. We have Construction Inspectors on new development sites that ensure work is completed up to the City standards. We have not received any indication from the developer that construction will be delayed for any length of time.
Explain the process of enforcing residential property maintenance. Why doesn’t the City impose more severe penalties to homeowners whose property lacks proper maintenance?
Here is a video response from Development & Permits Customer Service Manager Sandra Witherow.
Learn more about related zoning ordinances or report a possible code violation.
Video responses provided by Chesapeake Economic Development Director Steven Wright. Learn more about Economic Development at ChesapeakeVA.Biz.
What is Chesapeake doing to attract businesses?
What does Chesapeake do to address vacant storefronts?
What's being done to support malls in Chesapeake?
With the Bowers Hill fire station opening soon, why is Ladder 12 being moved to that location? This move will leave the north western section of the city vulnerable and the target hazards support a ladder truck on Taylor Rd.
With the addition of a large, multi-company fire station opening in the heart of Bowers Hill, Ladder 12 will be relocated to better serve the western portions of Chesapeake. The new Fire Station 10 is a prime location for a ladder company due to its immediate access to the 64/664/264 interchange. This location is central to the Western Branch, Jolliff, Dock Landing, Bowers Hill, Deep Creek and Camelot areas. Additionally, we now have an automatic-aid agreement in operation with Suffolk Fire & Rescue in which both departments share resources in areas where our cities border, such Western Branch and Bowers Hill. We are also working toward the same agreement with the Portsmouth Fire Department. These response agreements have proven to be extremely effective in getting emergency responders on the scene based on the closest unit regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
When is the new fire station going in on Joliff Rd?
The land for the new Fire Station 11 has been purchased and we will begin designing the new station next month. It's too early to set a completion date for the project but we will keep the community updated on our progress.
What can be done regarding the overpopulation of non-migratory Canadian geese that are a nuisance to Chesapeake citizens?
The City of Chesapeake, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Inland Game and Fisheries will not relocate geese. Private companies may relocate the geese by permit only. Contact Virginia Wildlife Services at 804-739-7739 for more information. You can also learn more at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website.
Are there any plans for a softball complex or possibly turf fields?
Are there any plans for a municipal pool facility that might also include senior activities and exercise options?
With all the new development going on in the City, what’s the plan for farming? Will Chesapeake name the southern part of the city as a green space to preserve the open space and allow the wild animals to keep their homes? What are the expansion plans into southern Chesapeake and the Grassfield area?
Here is a video response from Planning Director Jaleh Shea.
Access the City's Comprehensive Plan here.
Did Chesapeake use Dominion Voting Machines?
No, Chesapeake does not use Dominion Voting Machines. We use the Hart InterCivic Verity Voting System.
Will there always be early voting?
Yes, the law changed on July 1, 2020 making Virginia a no-excuse, early voting state. This means that early voting must be available 45 days prior to any election. The Registrar's Office must be a location for early voting. Satellite locations can be added as needed.
Please provide safety study to show whether red light cameras have been effective in Chesapeake.
Our data shows that the intersections that have red light cameras have a positive effect on traffic at those locations. Crashes drop significantly where red light cameras are being used. Visit the PhotoSafe Red Light Enforcement page for more details and answers to FAQs.
Is the Chesapeake Police Department doing anything about police reform?
The Chesapeake Police Department has been in contact with community members and leaders throughout our City and we have reviewed our current practices. Our Policies and Procedures are in line with tenets of Police Reform. We are adherents to the 21st Century Policing report. We are a nationally accredited agency through CALEA and we subscribe to and promote the best practices in law enforcement. .
Hire more police!
We are currently accepting applications for the position of Police Recruit as well as actively recruiting in and around our area. Watch this interview with Master Police Recruiter Dupree Foster to learn more.